James A. Stephens

James A. Stephens

Client Services Manager

Industry Experience

James Stephens has worked in the drilling industry since 1989. Stephens leads strategic project planning and ensures excellent client communication from initial project discussions to completion. Stephens helps ensure teams have above-industry-standard tooling and equipment, utilize our top-tier safety protocols, and communicate effectively among teams and clients to meet or exceed client expectations. Stephens also assists with overseeing budgets and establishes and implements procedures and plans to grow Premier Drilling Company. Stephens began his drilling and pump career in Arizona and has worked throughout the United States. Since moving into sales in 1998, Stephens has assisted clients with over $500,000,000 in drilling services, including flooded reverse, conventional, reverse circulation, diamond core, percussion hammer, auger, sonic, casing advance, pump repair and installation, well testing, well rehabilitation, and well abandonments.

Professional Experience

2021 – present, Client Services Manager, Premier Drilling Company
2019 – 2020, Vice President, HC Drilling Professionals
2010 – 2019, Client Services Manager, National Exploration Well & Pumps
2008 – 2010, Mine Market Manager, Layne Christensen
2003 – 2007, Environmental Branch Manager, Layne Christensen
2001 – 2002, National Sales Director over Construction, Layne Christensen
1998 – 2000, Project Manager – Water Supply, Layne Western
1991 – 1998, Purchasing – Logistics Supervisor, Layne Western
1989 – 1991, Drill & Pump Rig Helper, Layne Western

Training and Certifications

  • MSHA Certified
  • OSHA Certified
  • CPR/First Aid Certified

Professional Organizations

  • American Exploration Mining Association (AEMA)
  • California Groundwater Association (CGA)
  • Geological Society of Nevada (GSN)
  • Nevada Mineral Exploration Coalition (NMEC)
  • Nevada Mining Association (NMA)
  • Nevada Water Resources Association (NWRA)
  • Society of Mining Engineers (SME)